2022 Chamber Music Conference Information

We are pleased to be planning a four-week, all-vaccinated (including boosters), in-person Chamber Music Conference at Colgate University.

Because of housing space constraints at Colgate and to build upon positive feedback from the 2021 Conference, we are rebalancing the sizes of weeks 2, 3, and 4. Compared to 2019, week 2 will be larger, and weeks 3 and 4 will be smaller. Towards this end, higher flexibility will be considered a differentiating factor in admissions decisions – the more flexibility you can offer, the better your chances of being admitted. The format for week 1 (the Intensive Week), will return as usual. See the Coaching page for information about the week formats.

We are offering the ability for participants to pre-form groups for coaching up to the usual limits (see the Coaching page for information about requests and pre-formed groups). Because week flexibility is of high importance, it is essential that applicants refrain from pre-forming groups until admissions are complete in late March. Pre-formed groups will not be a consideration in determining admissions.

Four exciting new works commissioned in honor of the Conference’s 75th anniversary will be premiered this summer, and the Composers’ Forum returns to our program with each composer serving a week at the Conference as Composer-in-Residence. See the Composers’ Forum page for information about the composer residencies and commissioned works.

We are accepting applications for Conference auditors to weeks 2, 3, and 4 (see the Auditing page for information about the option of auditing at the Conference)

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

These precautions were determined after consultation with experts in the fields of infectious disease, airborne viral spread, and occupational health and safety.

It is important that all 2022 Conference applicants read the list of precautions carefully so that you understand fully and are applying with a complete awareness of what to expect of us and what we expect of you. The only way we can have an in-person Conference in 2022 is if all attendees comply with the precautions that are stated here, regardless of your personal level of concern.

Because the COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, it is likely that our precautions will change. The precautions that we are indicating now reflect our understanding at this time, and represent the most complete set of precautions that we can anticipate at this time. It is important that everyone who plans to attend the Conference is prepared to adhere to the precautions as currently indicated.

If we make any changes to the precautions as specified here, we will notify all attendees prior to the Conference.

Submitting an Application

We are accepting applications online using the CMC Participant and Auditor Online Application Form.

New Applicants

Welcome! Please use the CMC Participant and Auditor Online Application Form to initiate the New Applicant process. Given the uncertainties and our shorter application timeline this year, we might not be able to complete the New Applicant process for this summer’s Conference, but we will try.

To enjoy the Conference experience fully, you should be able to play your instrument(s) skillfully, have good sight-reading ability, and have some chamber music experience.

To facilitate appropriate assignment in coached groups with players of similar playing level and experience, we ask for musician references, and new applicants audition virtually.

In addition to submitting your CMC Participant and Auditor Online Application Form, please email Executive Director, Susie Ikeda ( with the following information:

Nonplaying Guests

In order to manage a reduced population density on campus, we are not certain that we can include nonplaying guests this year, but if you wish to bring a nonplaying guest with you, each guest must personally complete a CMC Guest Online Application Form in order to provide information that we require of all attendees.

Fees and Payment

Weekly Fees for Participants – $1,575. Includes tuition, room and board, free playing, use of all facilities, and admission to all concerts and parties.

Weekly Fees for Auditors – $1,315. Includes attendance as an observer at coaching sessions, room and board, free playing, use of all facilities, and admission to all concerts and parties.

Weekly Fees for Nonplaying Guests (if we are able to have them) – $550. Includes room and board and admission to all concerts and parties.

Deposit Payments – $150 per person, to be paid online using the CMC Payment Form. Both the online deposit payment and the completed online application form must be received for an application to be processed. Because of uncertainty related to this year’s Conference, we are asking that you pay only the $150 deposit now. Please do not pay the full weekly fee with your application.

Balance Payments – After you are admitted, the deposit is applied to your fees and the balance will be due by April 30.

Method of Payment – We are asking that all fee payments be submitted using the online CMC Payment Form.

Refund Policy – The deposit will be fully refunded if you are not admitted, or if you withdraw before you are admitted. Otherwise the deposit is nonrefundable. If you withdraw after April 30, your payment will be partially refunded (less $500 per week, including deposit). If a guest withdraws after April 30, their payment will be partially refunded (less $200 per week, including deposit). If we cancel your attendance at any time, your fees will be refunded in full, including deposit.


This is the timeline for the 2022 Chamber Music Conference application process.

March 1: Application deadline for all applicants to receive first priority consideration for space in the program. After this date, participant applications received for spaces already filled will be automatically put on a participant waiting list.

Around March 20: Acceptance letters will be sent, including information about submitting your coaching requests.

April 30: Your payment balance is due.

Financial Aid

Financial aid, made possible in part by donations to the Financial Aid Fund, is available to support participants who are unable to pay the full fee. Financial aid is awarded based on need – both the participant's need for support and the Conference's need for particular players. If you are requesting financial aid, provide details in your CMC Participant and Auditor Online Application Form.


If you are a prospective applicant with a disability that may require accommodation to enable participation at the Conference, please note this when you apply or contact us at to inquire.


If you are new to the Conference and would like to learn more from an experienced participant, please send an
e-mail message (optionally including your phone number) to One of our long-time participants will contact you and answer your questions or otherwise assist you.

All other inquiries should be directed to Susie Ikeda, our Executive Director, at or 617-447-1808.

The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, Inc.
Tobias Werner, Music Director
Donald Crockett, Senior Composer-in-Residence
Susie Ikeda, Executive Director

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